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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Gulden Draak is a high fermentation beer with secondary fermentation. For the secondary fermentation, wine yeast is used. The white bottle, the black banner, the golden dragon and the red letters, constitute a stylish result that has no equal among the many Belgian special beers. Gulden Draak can be drunk as an aperitif or dessert, or whenever you have the time to sit back and relax. But this barley wine is also perfect with and in stews, especially the Ghent variety. It is also a plus in sauces for red meat, such as a bordelaise. It is particularly suited as a dessert beer, especially in combination with dark chocolate.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lunkie (1399) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2004
Floral aroma with a hint of malt. Dark brown apperance with gread head. Smooth palate with malt flavour

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
NosirIwont (1946) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 Bottle. No lasting head. Dark red/brown colour. Complex fruity and yeasty aroma. A lot fo body, but with too much carbonacid. Sharp taste with light/medium bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 Re-rate An additional tasting on draft settles my indecision - I love ths beer. Caramel Apples in a bottle, with some spiced cider to wash them down. hyper sweet and strong. Upgraded from 3.5 to 4.2 on this tasting - wow!
Mystery beer in a mystery bottle. It poures like thick cola, smells like thick cola, is sweet like cola, but it has a peppery heat to it. The finish was long - giving me more time to ponder what is this stuff? Do I like it? I’m still undecided.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Pours a rich deep dark copper with a puffy and well-lacing off-white head. Aroma of dense sweet caramel, light fruits and butterscotch. Starts very sugary sweet with a thick malty palate. Bready Belgian yeast flavors are also present, leading to a sticky candi sugar finish with a touch of warming alcohol. Could use a little more bitterness to counteract the massive sweetness, but otherwise a nice Belgian strong that hides its alcohol quite well.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sammy (8406) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
Way too sweet for me and friends. Too carbinated. Too high in alcohol. Too creamy. Maybe as dessert beer, but much better competitors there. Comparable to soft drink when you are expecting beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Just finished my final project, so it?s time for a beer. This one looks and smells better then the rest from the box-o-belgians I bought. Nice taste too! Glad this one got saved until now!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29170) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2004
[Draft] A dark red beer with a beutiful head where the bubbles in the lower part goes up and in the top part goes down. The aroma is very sweet with note of berries especially cowberries, yeast, and alcohol. The flavor is very sweet, with loads of cowberries, notes of hops and a dry hoppy end. It has a nice round mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 19, 2004
Draft. Dark Amber color with a big off-white head. Rich malt flavors that dominate the yeast and plum flavors. Nice Belgian tang. Not as alcoholic in flavor as I thought, and surprisingly malty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2004
Yeasty aroma, slightly sweet in both aroma and taste. A beautiful specimen when properly poured and served, showing both legs and lace on the sides of your glass. Dark and cloudy. Allow it to warm slowly to enjoy the full range of flavors that emerge as the temperature rises.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - APR 15, 2004
Malty sweet aroma with plums. Some hop aroma out of the bottle that dissipates as the beer warms and gives way to the aforementioned. Golden red hue with an enormous tight tan head that dissipates gradually and leaves no lacing at all. Thick toffee syrup flavor that is a bit cloying. Alcohol flavor is definitely present and contributes to the dry finish. Palate is medium to heavy with a modest carbonation twinge that, when coupled to the alcoholic hotness, contributesd to a very dry finish for a beer that is so incredibly sweet. Overall this beer is equal to the sum of its parts. I am particularly stricken by the complex aroma and plum flavors.


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